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Reflections: Nine Years of Serving Our Community

A Message from Beth Ostdiek Smith, CEO, President and Founder Nourishing People, Nurturing the Planet. These are five simple yet impactful words. Our new tagline conveys the essence of Saving Grace since our first truck rolled out onto the streets on Sept. 30, 2013. As we celebrate nine years of providing our unique service in…

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Nourishing People, Nurturing the Planet

As Saving Grace continues its work to nourish people while nurturing the planet, we are relying on the community’s continued support. Our focus this year is rescuing and redistributing nutritious, surplus perishable food to create a more equitable and sustainable food system. Specific goals for this year include: Keep 800,000 pounds of food out of…

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Observations from the Field

Saving Grace’s professional drivers/food ambassadors are out in the field every weekday, picking up surplus perishable food and delivering it to nonprofit partner agencies for their clients. It’s more than a job for our drivers and the rest of the operations team: Judy RydbergDirector of field and logistics “The best parts of my job are…

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Reflecting on Saving Grace’s Impact

During six years with Saving Grace, Randy Hansen has been there to experience the organization’s growth. When he started, he was the only driver. Now, as field operations manager, he oversees a staff of four drivers. “It has grown in a good way,” he says of the organization. “The word has gotten out that Saving…

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Shop for a Cause

Raising money to help feed the hungry and keep excess food out of our landfills has never been easier. Simply plan your holiday shopping to take advantage of these opportunities to raise funds for Saving Grace: TAGG Your Purchases Shop and dine at a growing number of local businesses and TAGG your purchases to support…

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Education Is Key to Creating Sustainable Food System

Creating a sustainable food system is a challenging issue, and awareness about it needs to start at a younger age, according to panelists at a recent Food for Thought discussion. The event was hosted by Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue and Creighton University. Panelists shared how they are learning about sustainability. “Four years ago, this…

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Saving Grace Celebrates Eight Years of Operations

It’s hard to believe it was eight years ago today, Sept. 30, when Saving Grace began operations. At that time, we had one refrigerated truck and driver who picked up excess perishable food from three food donors and delivered it to three food pantries. It’s been gratifying to watch as community support for our mission…

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Saving Grace Meets Needs for More Food Assistance

Mid-year Report (download full report below): Saving Grace has continued to remain flexible to respond to emerging needs for food during the pandemic and to provide leadership for new initiatives addressing food insecurity and food equity. During the first six months of this year, we rescued and redistributed 766,874 pounds of perishable food to feed…

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